Innovation & Industry

Circular economy 15-06-2021

EU, US eye ‘Green Technology Alliance’ at Brussels summit

The United States and European Union pledged closer cooperation on fighting climate change but steered clear of setting a date to stop burning coal, at a bilateral summit on Tuesday (15 June).
Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?

EU must sharpen its focus on innovation to address climate change

The upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ package of EU regulations will have a vital role to play to support the creation and deployment of clean energy innovation, writes Peter Sweatman.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

‘We want positive action to combat exploitative labour in EU construction’

The EU needs to tackle social dumping and fraud in the construction sector that has been led by an emerging business model of exploitative labour, argues Tom Deleu in an interview with EURACTIV.
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Economy & Jobs 07-05-2021

CEN and CENELEC: European Standards contribute to the EU’s Industrial Strategy

European Standards are key to make the European ambitions a reality. In this video, Elena Santiago Cid, CEN and CENELEC’s Director General, presents how the European Standardization System helps advance European harmonisation and make European industry more innovative, sustainable and resilient.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2021

Breton: Europe was too naive before, now we are in the driving seat

Europe will remain open to everyone but will no longer be naive in the face of the rapidly changing world and will seek to be in the driving seat, Commissioner Thierry Breton told EURACTIV and a group of media ahead of the presentation of the update of the EU's industrial strategy on Wednesday (5 May).
Digital & Media 30-04-2021

EU explores chipmaker alliance in search of ‘strategic autonomy’

The European Union is considering creating a semiconductor alliance including STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon and ASML to cut dependence on foreign chipmakers amid a global supply chain crunch, four EU officials said.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

EU aims to boost innovation in ailing cultural, creative sectors

The European Union has launched a new initiative aimed at fostering innovation in the bloc's ailing cultural and creative industries, which have been among the worst hit financially during the pandemic. 
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

From coal and steel to carbon-free and digital: EU reaches turning point

Years from now, 2021 may be seen as the moment the European Union took a leap forward from its post-World War Two birth as a coal and steel bloc to a modern green and digital economy.
Economy & Jobs 22-04-2021

EU scales up efforts to support the culture and creative industry

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The Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) have been among the hardest-hit branches by the COVID crisis, losing up to 90% of their revenues since the beginning of the pandemic. In this context, the EU is launching a new initiative to...
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Economy & Jobs 20-04-2021

Commissioner Gabriel: New EU budget will support cultural and creative sector

Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, talks about the importance of innovation in the cultural sector, the role that the European Institute of Innovation and Technology can play in those efforts, and the general state of digital skills in today's Europe.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2021

Artificial intelligence: Commission must think small first

The European Commission will this week present its proposal on Artificial Intelligence (AI), seen as a step toward a new regulatory framework, promised by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union, writes Marie-Françoise Gondard-Argenti.
Circular materials 24-03-2021

Recover today, lead for 2030: A future-fit industrial strategy for Europe

The current political debate on industrial policy lacks an honest acknowledgement of how much is already decided – from EU recovery budgets to the 2030 climate targets, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Janez Potočnik. Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the president of The...

A new, climate-innovation led industrial strategy for Europe

Europe is an undisputed global leader in clean technologies like offshore wind. But to ensure European companies and workers can compete in a global economy that will be increasingly fuelled by climate innovations, much more needs to be done, argue Peter Sweatman and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
The EU continues to lag behind in terms of investment into key technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing when compared to players from the US and China, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned.
Digital & Media 05-02-2021

EU ‘punching well below its weight’ in digital technologies, von der Leyen warns

The EU continues to lag behind China and the US when it comes to investments into key technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned.
The EU's Internal Market Chief Thierry Breton has given a clear indication that online platform giants can no longer be defined merely as 'hosts' as part of the bloc's attempts to regulate the digital economy.
Economy & Jobs 15-01-2021

Commission to propose KPIs to measure ‘real’ progress in industrial strategy

The European Commission is working on a series of key performance indicators (KPI) to include in the update of its industrial strategy expected for March, to measure the transformation of European industry and its resilience in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Transport 05-01-2021

PSA and Fiat Chrysler close in on mega-merger

Shareholders gave their blessing on Monday (4 January) to a merger of carmakers PSA and Fiat Chrysler that catapults the new company "Stellantis" into fourth place globally, as the auto industry races to make the transition to cleaner cars.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

EU reshapes its vision for SMEs amid emerging threats

Policymakers have started re-thinking the EU strategy for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that the European Commission unveiled only a few days before the start of the first lockdown all over Europe.

Why Europe must reskill workers to reach its climate goals

The large-scale social and economic shifts caused by the clean energy transition should be managed with care, write Magnus Tyreman and Hauke Engel. A broad training effort would enable Europe to create a labour force that will thrive during the pursuit of the net-zero emissions target, they argue.
Economy & Jobs 02-12-2020

Surviving the pandemic: Lessons from Germany’s mid-sized enterprises

In Germany's industrial heartland, engineering firms have come up with a recipe for surviving the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
Digital & Media 26-11-2020

New EU data brokers won’t have to be European, Commission says

The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2020

Unified Patent Court: Poison pill for future of EU integration

The Unified Patent Court will fall largely out of EU control. The EU risks becoming a mere registration office of what the member states will have decided on their own, write four authors representing the CRIDES research centre.

‘Competitive sustainability’: time to realise the EU’s new approach

With international competition rapidly increasing, the EU would be complacent to assume its position on green technologies is uniformly strong or leading, write Martin Porter and Annika Hedberg.